Matthew Bourne And Britain’s Brightest Talent Bring The Bard To Life

ROMEO AND JULIET by Bourne, , Director and Choreographer – Matthew Bourne, Designer – Let Brotherston, Lighting – Paule Constable, Rehearsal Images, Three Mills, London, 2019, Credit: Johan Persson/

One of Shakespeare’s classic love stories is getting a passionate and contemporary re-boot courtesy of some of Britain’s brightest young dance talent and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling.

The acclaimed choreographer and his company will be working with some of the finest emerging talent on-stage and off for his new production of Romeo and Juliet, which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal on September 3-7.

Sharing the role of Juliet will be Cordelia Braithwaite, who recently starred in New Adventures international tour of Cinderella, and Bryony Harrison who made her debut with the company with the Swan Lake tour that came to Norwich Theatre Royal earlier this year.

Meanwhile the part of Romeo will be shared by Paris Fitzpatrick, who played The Pilot in Cinderella, and new talent Harrison Dowsell who auditioned to be part of the show’s Young Cast in Nottingham.

ROMEO AND JULIET by Bourne, , Director and Choreographer – Matthew Bourne, Designer – Let Brotherston, Lighting – Paule Constable, Rehearsal Images, Three Mills, London, 2019, Credit: Johan Persson/

The production will also feature a mix of fast-emerging new dancers alongside performers well-known to fans of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures work including West Norfolk’s Reece Causton, Daisy May Kemp, Matt Petty and Dan Wright.

Joining them will be a six-strong Young Cast specially selected to make their New Adventures on-stage debut after a UK-wide series of auditions.

They are:

Southwold-based Joe Barbrook who worked with the company on Cinderella: A Museum Adventure at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford and is a member of Legacy Dance Company UK.

Bali-born Chandi Brading who now lives in Bury St Edmunds. She is training at Dance East in Ipswich.

Chelmsford-born Freya Brown who is currently training with the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Cambridge-based Isis Clunie who is training at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Antonik Melaco who was part of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies production in Newcastle and is currently training at Laine Theatre Arts School in London.

Colchester-born Jack Richardson who is currently training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.

In addition, young people have also been specially selected to help with the creative aspects of the production including sound, lighting, choreography and costume.

ROMEO AND JULIET by Bourne, , Director and Choreographer – Matthew Bourne, Designer – Let Brotherston, Lighting – Paule Constable, Rehearsal Images, Three Mills, London, 2019, Credit: Johan Persson/

Matthew Bourne said Romeo and Juliet will be very special. “It will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and off-stage.  As we enter our fourth decade as a company, I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling.

“Our new company featuresa staggering 97 young dancers making their debuts with us. Some are joining us as part of their third year of training while others  have come through our Company initiatives such as Swan School, A Summer Adventure and of course, our production of Lord of the Flies which inspired so many young men to seek careers in dance.

“This time we have focused on nurturing young male and female dancers, and I have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have had to choose from throughout the UK. I’m particularly happy to be working alongside my Young Associate Choreographer, Arielle Smith, an exceptional young dance-maker of great maturity and vision.

“In turn, after 30 years as a professional choreographer, I look forward to being refreshed and inspired by what this team of young artists will bring to Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragic conflict and young love”. 

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